Any aspiring hotshot music journalist will want to interview some of the biggest musicians, stars and band members.
Getting to that stage (pun intended) requires a lot of hard work and determination. Classically, you will start small with local acts and touring musicians at your nearby venue, and work your way up. Or, during a pandemic, you are much more likely to do phone interviews.
Whatever your interviewing situation, Vicky Greer, entertainment editor of Empoword Journalism offers a guide to interviewing musicians. The key is to do your research thoroughly and scan press releases for the best angles to quiz them about.
"Look at what points they emphasise – an interesting feature of the tour or a particular song that gets mentioned. The artist will want to talk about these things, so they’re a good place to start with questioning," she writes.
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